Thrift stores, with their mountains of disheveled clothing, racks of disorganized garments and mobs of aggressive shoppers, can seem like war zones. However, this retail therapy can be simple and easy with some tips and tricks to keep in mind about each neighborhood’s star thrift shop.
Housing Works Thrift Shop | 130 Crosby St.
Examine the items carefully at this store to make sure there are no standout stains, large holes or other serious flaws. Housing Works is less selective about the items they sell so be extra careful. There’s nothing worse than paying money for a defective item, even if it is inexpensive. Also, don’t be close-minded; some of the items in this store are not exactly what one would consider trendy. Give things a chance even if they look silly on the hanger. Creativity can make them work!
Buffalo Exchange | 332 E. 11th St.
Bring a bag full of pieces you don’t want anymore and fill it up with new pieces to love. At Buffalo Exchange, shoppers get the opportunity to sell their clothes for store credit. Don’t forget to try on items before you purchase them. Dress in clothes that are easy to take off — t-shirts, leggings and flats — just to make your fitting room experience easier.
Beacon’s Closet | 92 Fifth Ave.
Go in with a plan because Beacon’s Clo-set is known for its abundant selections. Think of a particular color or style you want to stick to and don’t get sidetracked. It will be easy to lose focus and leave with nothing. Don’t be impatient. With so many racks, be ready to spend hours browsing.
Amarcord Vintage Fashion | 252 Lafayette St.
Keep a budget in mind as prices are a little high at this Soho location and it’s easy to overlook prices with the sea of amazing options. Keep your shopping focused and wallet-friendly. Don’t be too shy to ask for help from staff. Workers at Amarcord Vintage are helpful, friendly and will help you pick the perfect pieces.
INA | 21 Prince St.
INA is the place to go for that one specialty item. Don’t make it your goal to buy a ton of average items when you can score with one piece of treasure. However, don’t buy something because it’s cheap. Quality over quantity could not be more relevant when it comes to shopping here. Remember, the extra money could be better spent on a piece you adore.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 5 print edition. Marina Zheng is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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